New Delhi: A day after Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut’s mother, Asha, thanked the BJP for providing Y plus security to her daughter, the party Friday said they would welcome her if she decides to join them.
The BJP unit of Himachal Pradesh, Kangana’s native state, said Asha Ranaut has not officially joined the party yet, but she has made statements regarding supporting the BJP.
“I also heard her statement through media reports. She has expressed her gratitude to the BJP for providing security cover to her daughter. She said that though they were old loyal supporters of Congress, they will now support the BJP,” Suresh Kumar Kashyap, state president of Himachal Pradesh BJP, told ThePrint.
“As far as joining the BJP is concerned, she has not yet officially joined and I don’t have any information on it. I have not spoken to her personally. But if she decides to join the party, we will welcome her.”
He added, “Her mother has expressed gratitude towards the Himachal Pradesh government and the Modi government.”
Kashyap Thursday lashed out at the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government after Kangana’s office in Mumbai was partially demolished by the BMC Wednesday.
“I strongly condemn the Maharashtra government of Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP for indulging in political vendetta with Kangana Ranaut. Kangana is the brave daughter of the whole of India Himachal and desh (country) stands with Kangana,” Kashyap wrote.
राजनीतिक प्रतिशोध के लिए शिवसेना,कांग्रेस और NCP की महाराष्ट्र सरकार ने जो हिमाचल की बेटी @KanganaTeam के साथ जो अत्याचार किया है उसकी मैं घोर निंदा करता हूँ।
कंगना पूरे भारत की बहादुर बेटी हैं हिमाचल और देश कंगना के साथ खड़ा है।#HimachalKiBeti
— Suresh Kashyap (@iSureshBjp) September 10, 2020
Kangana ‘pleasantly surprised’ by her mother
On Thursday, speaking to the media, Asha Ranaut said they had been Congress supporters, but will now support the BJP.
“Even though we were from the Congress… My grandfather-in-law was a member of the Congress party… the BJP supported us. Amit Shah ji extended support to her and provided her security cover,” she told reporters.
“I also thank Modi ji. Just see what happened there (in Mumbai),” she said.
Kangana later tweeted: “When they broke my office, mom’s warning face flashed before my eyes ‘KAHA THA MAINE’ haven’t taken her calls ever since, this just flashed on my timeline, pleasantly surprised by her refreshing take on this whole matter #KanganaVsUddhav,” she wrote.
When they broke my office, mom’s warning face flashed before my eyes “ KAHA THA MAINE” haven’t taken her calls ever since, this just flashed on my timeline, pleasantly surprised by her refreshing take on this whole matter #KanganaVsUddhav https://t.co/jHnr46FKfd
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 10, 2020
The BMC’s action comes at a time when the actor is locked in a raging row with the ruling party over her comments on the Mumbai Police and the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.
Ranaut had said Mumbai appeared like Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as she criticised the Mumbai Police.
The escalating issue resulted in the Centre granting her Y plus security cover, a privilege extended to select few, such as Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde. She is also the first actor ever to receive a version of India’s elite security cover.
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